It started early with me rolling in to the Clear Channel building in Burbank, knowing that much of the day’s coverage on KFI would be devoted to the Supreme Court rulings on the issue of gay marriage. I was in for another fill-in shift, knowing that for most of it I’d be focused on various permutations of the day’s top story.
But right before my first newscast at noon, the news director let me know they’d finally made their decision — I was going to be named the official midday news anchor.
I’ve been in between full time gigs since last October, when Dial Global shut down the GoRadio unit and sadly was not able to find a new position for me. It was a heartbreaking day. Since then I’d been on the hunt, with quite a few close calls — gigs that almost coalesced, but then fell through at the last minute. It was frustrating, more than I can say.
I’ve been a part time news anchor at KFI since 2006, and fortunately those part time hours continued during my job search, enabling me to make sure the cats were fed. And when Chris Lane announced her departure a few weeks ago, I immediately put my hat in the ring. I thought I had a pretty good shot until I found out who some of the other candidates were… There were many days I concluded that I didn’t have a chance in hell of getting it.
But the decision has been made, and for whatever reason, KFI Program Director Robin Bertolucci and News Director Chris Little saw fit to appoint me to the slot, every weekday on the Bill Carroll Show. It’s a terrific match because I’ve been a fan of Bill’s for a long time, and have been a fan of KFI since I first arrived in Los Angeles in 1999. It remains to this day one of the best-imaged radio stations I’ve ever heard. As a program director, I’d often used KFI of an example of how to properly position the identity, the vibe, of a radio station.
So now my career has made the complete conversion from the DJ and programming side to the news anchoring side. And now maybe, with one huge weight of anxiety removed from my shoulders, I can relax, concentrate on my work, get back to writing… And I may even grow the beard back.